The Rakaia River is a world famous white-water destination. The river has been run regularly by raft and kayak since 1991. It is used for recreational kayaking, commercial tandem kayaking, rafting and sledging. It is a winter destination for paddlers from the northern hemisphere.
A little over an hour from Methven is the Rangitata river gorge, which also has a commercial operator for excellent rafting opportunities with rapids up to class 5.